Bloody but effective post-WWII revenge story.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Condor's Nest is an action/revenge movie set during and after World War II about a lone American airman who's hunting for the Nazi officer who killed his entire unit. It's very violent, with lots of guns and shooting, bloody wounds/blood spurts, stabbing, slicing, torture, threats, explosions, and more. Language is also strong, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "son of a bitch," "bastards," and more. There are some rude/sexual gestures and sex-related dialogue, and a woman is objectified. Main character Will Spalding (Jacob Keohane) drinks fairly frequently, other characters drink and smoke cigarettes, and a villain snorts cocaine. It feels somewhat shallow, but it has an undeniable snap and some smarts, too.
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What's the Story?
In CONDOR'S NEST, it's the end of WWII, and airman Will Spalding (Jacob Keohane) is part of a crew whose plane is taken out during an attack on Germany. Stationed in the attic of a nearby house, Will watches as SS officer Colonel Martin Bach (Arnold Vosloo) shoots down the rest of his crew. Nine years later, in Argentina, Will has turned to vengeance. He captures every German he can find, questions them about Bach's whereabouts, and kills them. As fate would have it, he meets Albert Vogel (Al Pagano), an outcast scientist with knowledge of the atom bomb. Vogel needs to get to Russia, and his passage there lies in Bolivia -- where Bach is living in a compound called the Condor's Nest. Will agrees to help Vogel get there in exchange for Bach's exact location. But an Israeli freedom fighter Leyna Rahn (Corinne Britti) refuses to let Vogel get away. What else is in store for the trio?
Is It Any Good?
This violent postwar revenge story has a snap to it, suggesting confidence and an assured playfulness behind the camera. The story surprises, zigging whenever you expect it to zag. Condor's Nest does feel rather shallow and a bit like a "B" movie, especially with good ol' Michael Ironside turning up in a small but potent role. And yet it deftly manages to discuss the true, grim nature of war. "That's different...we're the good guys," Will says at one point, and Vogel points out that those killed by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs would disagree. And Bach's dialogue during his climactic encounter with Will is equally gray-tinged. Viewers may not be able to keep themselves from thinking of Quentin Tarantino's subversive Inglourious Basterds, although on a smaller scale. Yet Condor's Nest also neatly echoes the energy of early, low-budget efforts by the Coen Brothers and Sam Raimi. Its left-field tone may some viewers off, but others may tune into it and discover a small, potential cult classic.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Condor's Nest's violence. How did it make you feel? Was it exciting? Shocking? What did the movie show or not show to achieve this effect? Why is that important?
What is the nature of revenge? Can it be good? Bad? Both? How?
Do you agree with Will that a war can have "good guys" and "bad guys"?
What can viewers learn from movies about war?
How is drinking depicted in the movie? Is it glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does hat matter?
- In theaters: January 27, 2023
- On DVD or streaming: January 27, 2023
- Cast: Jacob Keohane, Arnold Vosloo, Corinne Britti
- Director: Phil Blattenberger
- Studio: Saban Films
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 103 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violence, language and brief drug use
- Last updated: January 29, 2023
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